US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will leave Washington tomorrow, Saturday, for a tour that includes Israel, Germany, Britain and NATO headquarters in the Belgian capital Brussels. He will hold talks with political and military leaders, according to what the Pentagon announced, Thursday.
A Pentagon statement said that Austin, who will become the first minister in the Biden administration to visit Israel since the Democratic president took office on January 20, will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Israeli counterpart, Benny Gantz.
The statement added that the US Secretary will discuss with Netanyahu and Gantz “common priorities”.
In Europe, the US secretary will meet with his German counterpart, NATO Secretary General, and British Defense Secretary.